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We're not your average education podcast. Whether you're a teacher, parent, education wonk, or concerned citizen, this is your place to learn about the hottest issues affecting education, like reform, teaching tips, policy, and more. Your three hosts, Robby, Pete, and Casey, rarely agree. That's what makes it fun. What we do share is a profound commitment to improving education. Tune in: http://edsnotdeadpc.libsyn.com/ Want more? Check out our blog and website at http://edsnotdead.com!
 
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This is the final episode of the Pandemic Pass mini-series all about how we can best emerge as a school system stronger and better than before. This episode, Siddons is joined by his friend/colleague Serenity Moore to interview the incomparable Zaretta Hammond. Moore and Siddons ask Zaretta about deficit thinking and the premature determination of …
 
The dudes discuss the LA Times piece on the "educational mess" we now find ourselves and what it will take to get back. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-03-23/post-pandemic-educational-mess The guys also interview Dr. Leslie Fenwick who is the dean emeritus of Howard University’s School of Education, about HBCUs, supporting our students o…
 
For the penultimate episode of the Pandemic Pass series Siddons sit down with Lynne Harris, who is a newly elected board of education member in the 14th largest school district in the nation - Montgomery County Public Schools, right outside the DC Metro Area. They talk about how boards of education could be rethinking education and what our local s…
 
Today's topics: * Guns on students' Zoom classroom / bedroom debate. Where is the line between students' privacy, and the safety and well-being of others? * We bring on Dan Reed from www.justupthepike.com to talk about the impact of housing policy and zoning laws on education and the opportunity gaps that students face across the country.…
 
For this third part of The Takeaway, I talk with Joe Feldman, author of Grading for Equity. We discuss how grading practices impact the opportunity gaps that our students of color and our english language learners experience and what he hopes to see in terms of practices on grading and equitable outcomes and about what our schools should look like …
 
For this next part of The Takeaway, part of the Pandemic Pass series, I bring in the incredible Rick Wormeli. This is Part 1 of 2 on this topic. Rick is the foremost voice on what it means to be an effective teacher, and my go to source for research and beliefs on grading and assessment. Rick takes us through what he hopes will be a major change to…
 
This episode, I brought on Phyllis Fagell, author of Middle School Matters (linked below), and a school counselor herself, to talk about the mental health crisis facing our kids and families mid-pandemic and how we move beyond it. https://www.amazon.com/Middle-School-Matters-Beyond-Parents/dp/0738235083…
 
The dudes discuss the passing of the controversial education figure Richard Elmore who once said: "I do not believe in the institutional structure of public schooling anymore". Is this to be believed? https://t.co/ioIk5ltc58 This is intertwined with a piece by Valerie Strauss in the WAPO about how 2 cities in very different states handled the retur…
 
Part 3 of Episode 4 I speak with Dr. Josh Starr - CEO of PDK Int'l (https://kappanonline.org/) and a former superintendent who will give us the granular, on the ground look at how he sees our schools returning, and what systems leaders could be doing to improve our recovery. Check out Dr. Starr's "On Leadership" column via Kappan: https://kappanonl…
 
For part 2 of Episode 4, I meet with one of our local state delegates, Jheanelle Wilkins. Jheanelle and I talk about how the state should respond - what legislation should be pursued next, the revolutionary and exciting Black Agenda from the first African American Speaker of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne Jones, and what should states an…
 
How exactly do we get out of this mess? Part 1 of Episode 4 of Pandemic Pass is w/ Congressman Bobby Scott - Chair of the Ed and Labor committee in the HoR. The 30,000 foot view of how we recover. We talk the CARES Act, the impact on HBCUs, and what else Congress should be doing to help.By Pulp Education LLC
 
This is part 2 of episode 3 - Siddons chats with Dr. Umut Ozek, Principal Researcher with the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program at the American Institutes for Research. You can find him on twitter @uozek Dr. Özek’s research interests include immigrant students, implementation and consequences of educational accountability,…
 
This is part 1 of Ep 3, with Leslie Boggs, President of the National Chapter of the PTA. Leslie Boggs is the 56th president of National PTA, the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer child advocacy association. One other mention for Leslie is her priorities that are now more important than ever - As PTA president, Boggs is a huge advocate for more …
 
For episode 2 of Pandemic Pass, I talk to three college students and a high school student about their experiences - Adriana Quinonez, Lupe Lazaro, and Alexia Ferraro all of whom are freshmen at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. For the 2nd part, I speak with Nichele Washington, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. …
 
Episode 1 seeks to determine our baseline - where are we now as an education system? Siddons sits down with Des Moines Iowa Public School superintendent, Dr. Thomas Ahart who has been at the helm of DMPS since 2012 and has provided exceptional leadership throughout the COVID19 crisis. He was featured in the WAPO this past fall for his navigation of…
 
In season 1 of Pandemic Pass, Casey Siddons looks for how public education will emerge from the pandemic by talking to parents, teachers, students, ed policy makers, and politicians that will lead our way out of this crisis. Siddons takes listeners to all corners of the US through interviews and discussions on what is most important to them. Throug…
 
Last episode of the year - the guys bid adieu to Dear Betsy by ceremoniously going through all of her "accomplishments" as ed secretary: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/education/2020/12/02/betsy-devos-biden-education-secretary/3781931001/ https://www.npr.org/2020/11/19/936225974/the-legacy-of-education-secretary-betsy-devos Congressman Robert …
 
We Need a Marshall Plan for our Schools Topics: what would we like to see Biden do for education? Two Outsiders Emerge for Ed Secretary And we interview Mr. Greg Cruey, a West Virginia middle school social studies teacher, about his thoughts and his role in the Washington Post piece that featured him: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/…
 
The dudes discuss: The merits of free college under a Biden-Harris administration - we discuss the ins and outs of free college based on an EducationNext piece - https://www.educationnext.org/dont-ruin-college-by-making-it-free-threats-quality-innovation/ We also interview Kimberlee Carlile who is the director of Talent Ready Utah. This GOED progra…
 
1. What determines if and how schools reopen? Trump Voters: https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/11/10/partisanship-schools-reopening-virus-trump-unions/ 2. We prognosticate for the Biden Administrations' pick for Dear Betsy's replacement. 3. No Senior Year for You! https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/school-to-student-you-took-to…
 
The Education Revolution Awaits - Tom Friedman: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/20/opinion/covid-education-work.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage Guest: Dr. Diana D'Amico Pawlewicz is a historian of education and social policy. She is an assistant professor in the Educational Foundations and Research Program at the University of Nort…
 
The Ed's Not Dead team is back and stronger than ever for the premiere episode of season 4. The dudes discuss: * How is the pandemic "new normal" impacting teaching and learning? * Is college over reliant on social emotional learning and a focus on "mushy gushy" data points? Casey facilitates an amazing quiz between Robby and Peter, where Robby tro…
 
We bring back Dr. Johann Neem to discuss his recent piece in USA Today about COVID19 and the threat to our public education institutions as we know them. https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/07/31/covid-19-and-public-schooling-threat-public-education-column/5521151002/ The gang also discusses a Washington Post opinion piece from a small town…
 
We discuss the Grade-Level Expectations Trap - https://go.shr.lc/3dEB3EI via @Shareaholic Should we be teaching to where students are? Or should we be teaching students based on curriculum and grade-level established expectations? https://www.educationnext.org/grade-level-expectations-trap-how-lockstep-math-lessons-leave-students-behind/ We also in…
 
We discuss David Lopilato's article in Bethesda Beat: "Let's Reconsider How We Do High School": https://bethesdamagazine.com/bethesda-beat/opinion-lets-reconsider-how-we-do-high-school/ What should systems do with regard to standardized testing, antiquated grading systems, and school rankings? Diane Ravitch is a Research Professor of Education at N…
 
Using the Valerie Strauss WAPO piece, we discuss the ins and outs of what a return to school will look like while still in the thick of the COVID19 outbreak: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/schools-reopen-fall-coronavirus/2020/04/26/d60e2f62-85b3-11ea-878a-86477a724bdb_story.html We also invite Andy Hargreaves on the show to discuss …
 
The dudes discuss the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 on schools, families, and communities across the country, chat about the extent to which smarter teachers = smarter students (based on an EducationNext piece by By Eric A. Hanushek, Marc Piopiunik and Simon Wiederhold: https://www.educationnext.org/do-smarter-teachers-make-smarter-students-internati…
 
The gang is recording remotely this time due to the ongoing pandemic / COVID 19 issue. The dudes discuss the short and long term impacts of the pandemic on our schools and communities: Assuming that most if not all districts will be out of school for extended amounts of time, what does teaching and learning / school supervision look like from a dis…
 
NAEP Articles Discussed: https://www.educationnext.org/make-2019-results-nations-report-card/ https://www.the74million.org/a-disturbing-assessment-sagging-reading-scores-particularly-for-eighth-graders-headline-2019s-disappointing-naep-results/ Brookings Institute: The NAEP Proficiency Myth https://www.brookings.edu/blog/brown-center-chalkboard/201…
 
What are the top issues affecting teachers and public education right now? What can be done to strengthen public schools at the federal and state levels? Will there be a tipping point when we, collectively as a nation, make the decision to fully fund our schools? Have we finally jumped the shark with data and value added evaluation systems? What's …
 
Teacher Tips How to bring mindfulness into the classroom. What does mindfulness look like/sound like in the modern classroom? Applying mindfulness to mundane classroom tasks: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/applying-mindfulness-mundane-classroom-tasks-abby-wills Mindfulness Resources from Edutopia https://www.edutopia.org/article/mindfulness-resource…
 
The Wrath of Khan (Academy): To what extent is Khan Academy replacing or supplanting regular classroom instruction? What are the upsides and downsides of the increasing use of services such as Khan Academy on student learning and the teaching force in general? During today's episode, we use the Chalkbeat article entitled: "How Khan Academy, the pop…
 
The gang's back for Season 3! Check out our season premiere episode where we discuss the legacy of Robby's dad, Dr. Alan Dodd, and spend a whole bootload of time discussing the Kim Brooks NY Times piece on how we are ruining childhood "...children today are more depressed than they were during the Great Depression and more anxious than they were at…
 
Show Notes: Part 1: We discuss Suevon Lee's (@suevlee) recent piece about teacher shortages in Hawaii: Are solutions for the persistent Hawaii teacher shortage a model for the nation? Part 2: The dudes interview the one and only Peggy Brookins, President and CEO of NBPTS. * What should we know and hear from you about possibly attaining national boa…
 
Only two episodes left for season 2! Tune in today! Today's episode focuses on a recent Propublica piece: How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement: https://www.propublica.org/article/how-teach-for-america-evolved-into-an-arm-of-the-charter-school-movement - the gang discusses the variety of impacts TFA has on schools…
 
The end of the school year is both a happy and sad time. While everyone looks forward to the end of the year, it's also the closing of meaningful relationships for adults and students. Listen to the gang discuss ways to make the most of the end of the year. 1. Control what you can control- bring a positive attitude everyday. 2. Finish the year with…
 
The gang discusses content versus skills - where is the middle ground? As we move away from Common Core, what does this balance look like in schools? We use the Forbes article entitled "The Biggest Education News Story You've Never Heard Of" https://www.forbes.com/sites/nataliewexler/2019/05/12/the-biggest-education-news-story-youve-never-heard-of/…
 
Detracking in SUSD in mathematics: LeBron James Opened a School That Was Considered an Experiment. It’s Showing Promise. The inaugural class of third and fourth graders at the school has posted extraordinary results on its first set of test scores. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/12/education/lebron-james-school-ohio.html Ending tracking in math - …
 
In our second encore episode, we interview Mr. Rick Wormeli, who is a national voice in standards based grading, differentiated instruction, and all things education. Rick Wormeli was one of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, he brings 38 years of teaching experience in math, science, English, physical education, health, and …
 
Show Notes: * We discuss new policy proposals from the burgeoning 2020 presidential campaign field including Harris' plan to boost teacher pay from the federal level. How will it work? How will it be paid for? Will there be strings attached? How will it level the playing field between districts and states? * Casey quizzes Pete and Robby on their kn…
 
During today’s show, we discuss the following: Restructuring middle and high schools as they currently stand (departmentalization; interdisciplinary teams) How has departmentalization impacted student achievement in secondary schools? We end the episode with another outstanding, engaging and rigorous quiz administered by Casey – awards given to all…
 
Show Notes: Article on the docket for today's episode: "From the picket line to the charter school: The path union members should walk" by Jay Matthews of the Washington Post. * What role should/can charter schools play in the education of our citizenry? * Are all charter school funders coming from a greedy / non-educational place? https://tinyurl.…
 
Show Notes: Today's show features a discussion about Rahm Emanuel's recent Mea Culpa published in the Atlantic entitled "I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the Mayor" https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/02/policymakers-need-new-path-education-reform/581995/ * What does a system look like that focuses on buildi…
 
Show Notes: How does seeing the state of public education in Arizona firsthand help you as you transition to this new role? Do you think an increase in teacher pay alone is enough to attract more, and better, teachers to Arizona? What are your plans for mitigating the absentee rate in Arizona? What are your thoughts on the use of vouchers and schoo…
 
Show Notes: Segment 1: WaPost: Koch Brothers to get involved in K-12 education/policy During today's episode, the gang discusses the increasing influence of the Koch Brother's and their money in the realm of public education. What will this dramatic increase of private investment mean for schools across the country? How will their political, econom…
 
Show Notes: During today's show, we discuss the article by Clair Cain Miller in the New York Times called "The Relentlessness of Modern Parenting" and ultimately its impact on schools and teachers. * How does the "filling of time" lead to a "parenting gap" between poor and wealthy families? * How is the type of parenting that is on the rise widenin…
 
MLK day has come and gone. But what can we do to make it more than just a day out of the year? As we consider the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ed's (Not) Dead this week brings you our very first equity series... From Episode 206: We talk with @EricaBuddington about how she and the @LangstonLeague are developing culturally relevant AND resp…
 
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